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Commonwealth Rwanda Election Report : Extract on Opposition Parties Refused to Contest

REPORT OF THE COMMONWEALTH OBSERVER GROUP ON RWANDA 2010 PRESIDENTIAL ELECTIONSEXTRACT ON OPPOSITION PARTIES THAT WERE REFUSED BY THE GOVERNMENT TO PARTICIPATE IN THE ELECTIONS

Other Political Parties ( from page 14-17)

Ahead of the elections, a number of opposition parties had stated their intention to field their candidates in the elections, but, in the end, faced either legal or administrative issues, which resulted in their non-participation. The situation of each of these parties differs considerably and is briefly outlined below :

1. Democratic Green Party

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Clarification on RNA Story : Green Party has not yet issued a statement on UN Report on Congo

The News Editor

Rwanda News Agency

Kigali, Rwanda

Dear Sir :

Re : Clarification on RNA Story : Green Party has not yet issued a statement on UN Report on Congo

In reference to the News Article : Green Party defends RPA soldiers against UN Genocide charge, delivered from our statement : Democratic Green Party of Rwanda’s Stand on Crimes against Humanity ;http://rwandagreendemocrats.org/spi....

We are pleased to make the following clarifications :

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Rwandan Opposition Calls for a Transitional Government of National Unity

Rwandan Opposition Calls for a Transitional Government of National Unity to organize free and fair elections, Release of All Political Prisoners, Opening up of Political Space and an International Inquiry into the death of Green Party’s Vice President.

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Democratic Green Party of Rwanda’s Stand on Crimes against Humanity

During the 1994 Genocide against Tutsis, the regime in power also targeted political opponents from other tribes. Many more people (Hutus) were killed.

The then rebel Rwanda Patriotic Front/Army (RPF/A) was fighting with Government Soldiers. Some RPA soldiers killed innocent civilians. It was not RPF policy to kill HUTUS.

The RPA soldiers who killed people were severely punished and some evidences are available. It may be possible that not all were punished. Investigations can be made and those who committed crimes against humanity be brought to book.

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U.S. expresses concern about Rwanda election

WASHINGTON | Fri Aug 13, 2010 10:49pm EDT

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States expressed concern on Friday about "disturbing events" surrounding this week’s presidential election in Rwanda in which incumbent Paul Kagame drew 93 percent of the votes.

http://www.reuters.com/article/idUS...

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UPI:Rwandan campaign troubles London

LONDON, Aug. 13 (UPI) — Presidential elections in Rwanda are a sign of peaceful reconciliation, though political restrictions during the campaign are a top concern, London said.

http://www.upi.com/Top_News/Special...

Voters turned out in record numbers Monday to cast their ballots. Paul Kagame, seeking his second term as Rwandan president, ran against three other candidates who were closely aligned with his ruling platform.

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FIRST ANNIVERSARY AND CHRONOLOGY OF EVENTS ON THE REGISTRATION STRUGGLE OF THE DEMOCRATIC GREEN PARTY OF RWANDA

The Democratic Green Party of Rwanda was publicly launched on 14th August 2009 at Hotel Laico (Ex-Novotel) Kigali, in presence of Rwandans, local and international media. Several diplomatic missions accredited to Rwanda were also present. The first anniversary is due in just five days ahead. The Government of Rwanda made it very difficult for the party to get registered. It was therefore blocked from submitting a presidential candidate in today’s elections.

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EU condemns Rwandan opposition figure’s murder

17 July 2010, 11:46 CET

(BRUSSELS) - The European Union condemned on Friday the murder of a senior opposition official in Rwanda and urged authorities to clarify the circumstances of the "horrific" killing.

"The European Union firmly condemns the brutal murder of M. Andre Kagwa Rwisereka, Vice President of the Rwandan Democratic Green Party on 13 July," the office of EU foreign affairs chief Catherine Ashton said in a statement.

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France strongly condemns the death of an opponent Rwanda

France “condemns with the utmost firmness” the killing of Andrew Kagwa Rwisereka, Senior Vice-President of the Democratic Party Green Rwanda, said Thursday, July 15 the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

France “calls on the Rwandan authorities to shed full light on the circumstances of this heinous murder and bring those responsible to justice,” he said during a press briefing the spokesperson of the Quai d’Orsay, Bernard Valero.

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Green Members of European Parlianment-MEPs demand investigation into the murder of André Kagwa Rwisereka

Brussels 14.07.2010

Assassination of Rwandan Green Party Vice-President : Green MEPs demand investigation into the murder of André Kagwa Rwisereka

http://www.greens-efa.org/cms/press...

Rebecca Harms, Co-Chair of the Greens/EFA Group

Eva Joly, President of the Development committee

Heidi Hautala, President of the sub-committee on Human Rights

Isabelle Durant, Vice-President of the European Parliament

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